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title Boxing News: Pavlik, Calzaghe, Arreola, Williams, Kolle, More

WBC and WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik has denied claims that he turned down the opportunity to fight Joe Calzaghe. Pavlik, who takes on Bernard Hopkins on the 18th of October, has said that no approach from the Calzaghe camp was ever made.

In an interview on Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour Pavlik said:

“I don’t know why they keep throwing my name out there. They never ever offered us the fight. Calzaghe? Never.

“Calzaghe and his dad keep throwing shots at me for no reason. He has Roy Jones Junior in front of him. The chances of him getting past Roy Jones are very slim. Read the rest of this entry »



title Wladimir Klitschko To Fight Haye After Bout With Povetkin?

wladimir434257.jpgBy Aaron Klein: According to the Press Association, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer was informed that Wladimir Klitschko (51-3, 45 KOs) will accept a fight David Haye (21-1, 20 KOs). It appears that Klitschko may possibly be interested in fighting Haye soon, perhaps immediately following Wladimir’s next bout with former 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Alexander Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs) on December 13th in Germany. For Haye, 27, it would have to be a dream come true, for he originally believed that it would take him awhile to arrive at a title shot, and that he would have to fight a few really good fighters before he would land a shot.

If Wladimir does decide on taking him on after Povetkin, it would be almost like winning the jackpot for Haye, because normally most fighters in the heavyweight division have to toil long and hard, beating a long of good fighters before getting an eventual title shot, yet Haye might possibly be getting one with only one fight under his belt as a heavyweight. Presently, Haye is still scrambling trying to come up with an opponent for his next fight on November 15th at the O2 arena. Read the rest of this entry »



title Haye vs. Mercer?

mercer35.jpgBy Eric Thomas: In the latest boxing news, recently spurned heavyweight hopeful David Haye (21-1, 20 KOs) is reportedly interested in a match against former heavyweight champion Ray Mercer (36-7-1, 7 KOs). However, the problem is Mercer, now 47, isn’t ranked in the top 15 by the WBO, which would throw out the window Haye’s promise of fighting a top 10 fighter in his next fight in November. But, you can be sure that this problem will be rectified soon despite the fact that Mercer has lost three out of his last nine fights and hasn’t beaten a top fighter in ages.

Haye had previously hoped to fight unbeaten JD Chapman, but he backed out of a fight with him, leaving Haye without an opponent for his November 15th fight at the O2 arena. Chapman, a fighter with an impressive (29-0, 26 KOs), would have been perfect for Haye because of Chapman’s 6’5″ size, which would almost match perfectly the size of IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Haye urgently craves a fight with Klitschko to validate his career and instantly make a name for Haye, even though he’s only fought once previously as a heavyweight. Read the rest of this entry »



title Calzaghe Needs To Man-Up and Fight Pavlik

calzaghe5435643.jpgBy Chris Williams: Sounding a more than a little defensive and angry in an interview with The Sun, undefeated Joe Calzaghe (45-0, 32 KOs) ripped into middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (34-0, 30 KOs), saying that Pavlik declined to fight him after he made an effort to fight him just after he (Calzaghe) had defeated Jeff Lacy back in 2006. Rather than fight him, Calzaghe points out, Pavlik chose to fight Jermain Taylor, who Pavlik beat twice. Calzaghe claims that after Pavlik defeated Gary Lockett in June 2008, he failed to approach Calzaghe about a fight. It was only after Calzaghe signed for a fight with the 39 year-old Roy Jones Jr. (52-4, 38 KOs), that Pavlik “started to get brave,” Calzaghe says. What Calzaghe says seems somewhat odd, however, because Pavlik had previously shown great interested in fighting Calzaghe before and after the fight with Lockett, and would seen curious that Calzaghe believes that Pavlik wasn’t interested in a fight.

Pavlik, arguably the best fighter in the middleweight division, has been interested in a fight with Calzaghe for well over a year, something that most boxing fans are well aware of by now. It was thought that Calzaghe would fight him after Pavlik’s fight with Lockett recently. Read the rest of this entry »



title Does Pacquiao Now Need Marquez More Than He Needs Him?

marquez56674345.jpgBy Alex McMillan: There were some interesting comments both in the immediate aftermath and at the press conference of Juan Manuel Marquez’ superb eleventh round KO of former lightweight linchpin Joel Casamayor last Saturday night; a career highlight in a career simply crammed with highlights. Firstly from the fighter himself, who declared that where Floyd Mayweather had previously been the pound for pound king, he himself was now rightful heir to the throne, and secondly from his promotion team ‘Golden Boy’, led of course by Oscar de la Hoya, whose CEO Richard Schaefer made it clear that Manny Pacquiao at this stage ‘wants nothing to do with Marquez’, who it seems will be forced to look instead at other prominent lightweight challenges, of which, granted, there are many.

The pound for pound mantle has become boxing’s unquestionable holy grail, a title that eludes belts and governing bodies in a sport – or perhaps the term business is more accurate – heavily saturated with both. In recent years it’s been nigh-on impossible to argue the mantle away from Mayweather, try though some might; since his retirement (for as long as it lasts) the door has been opened, and pretenders to the crown aplenty. Read the rest of this entry »



title Amir Khan – What This Defeat Means And The Path To Choose

khan562356.jpgBy Adam Laiolo: Arrogance, is a dangerous characteristic to have. It can accompany you to the top, but only when it is backed up by sheer talent and determination. In hindsight it can blind you to mistakes and home truths and ruin you, whoever you are, reputation or not. Its brother, confidence, is the more humble characteristic, self belief in your own ability can add that extra 10% that some fighters just cannot muster, whatever the situation calls for. For a long time, myself and many other people believed Amir Khan had untold confidence in his own ability and utilized his strengths to accompany this.

Recently, it seems since defeating Gary St Clair in an albeit polished but unspectacular performance has gone from a confident young fighter to an arrogant loud and pretty naive fighter.

I watched Amir Khan through the Olympics, even in his defeat to the much more experienced Kindela you could see he had natural talent and I was sure I was witnessing the birth of the new torch bearer of Great Britain’s boxers. Read the rest of this entry »



title Rafal Jackiewicz Defeats Jackson Osei Bonsu – Boxing News

jackson452365.jpgBy Nate Anderson: In a fight that showed how messed up the alphabet rankings are, Rafal Jackiewicz (32-8-1, 8 KOs) gave a boxing lesson to highly ranked welterweight Jackson Osei Bonsu (28-2, 23 KOs), defeating him by a one-sided 12-round unanimous decision on Sunday night at the MOSiR, ul. Krakowska 72, in Kielce, Poland, to capture his EBU (European) welterweight title. Bonsu, 27, ranked #6th in the WBO, #8 IBF, #8 WBA and #3 in the WBC, was knocked down in the 7th round and was never really in the fight, and was easily out-boxed by the more skilled Jackiewicz over the course of the 12-round fight in Poland. The final judges’ scores were 116-112, 117-110 and 114-113.

Jackiewicz, 31, though not nearly as powerful as Bonsu, he had much better overall boxing skills than the fighter from Ghana, which was apparent almost immediately as the fight begun. Bonsu, who perhaps chose to fight the non-top 15 ranked Jackiewicz as a stay busy fight, soon found himself in a dog fight as he was getting hit cleanly by a shower of right hands from Jackiewicz in round one. Throwing a lot of right hands, and doubt and triple jabs, Jackiewicz gave Bonsu fits. When Bonsu would attempt to land his big power shots, he found most of them missing because of Jackiewicz’s excellent defensive tactics in which he would either duck the shots or block them with his gloves. Read the rest of this entry »



title Kelly Pavlik – Heir Apparent Or Over hyped Fighter?

pavlik67241.jpgBy Adam Laiolo: To gain the mantle of ‘the next big thing’, the one who will dominant once older or established champions have been beaten, retired or both, you have to make a significant dent in this champions division and be stalking him for one last great throw of the dice, that last bite of glory, bowing out on a high note with pride and reputation intact. This very rarely happens, that last temptation of glory or even a last paycheck to sail off into retirement has got the better of a plethora of former champions and legends of old. Whatever the reasons for this final swansong, it doesn’t, and shouldn’t, damage any reputation of previous glories or conquests.

The champion should, after years of grinding and battling their way to the top, be able to then sit on their throne and choose who and when to fight next, if at all. Read the rest of this entry »



title Gonzalez Destroys Niida, Captures WBA minimumweight Crown

gonzalez34535.jpgBy Jason Kim: It was like watching a replay of the 1973 fight between heavyweights George Foreman and Joe Frazier. Number # 1 WBA minimumweight challenger Roman Gonzalez (21-0, 19 KOs) totally destroyed the WBA minimumweight champion Yutaka Niida (23-2-3, 9 KOs), giving him a one-sided beating for four rounds until the fight was stopped in the fourth round with Niida too battered to continue fighting on Monday night at the Pacifico, Yokohama, in Kanagawa, Japan. Gonzalez, who also fights at a division above the minimumweight level in the light flyweight division, looked like the much bigger guy as those two fighters stepped in the ring.

Though listed as 5’3″, two inches taller than the 5’1″ Niida, he looked much taller and bigger than that, appearing two levels above the smaller Niida. Just looking at the two, I could tell even then who would win the fight. Not only was Gonzalez bigger, but he was also much younger at 21 than the 29 year-old Niida, who had had the WBA title for four years and seven successful title defenses. His number, however, came up on Monday night, as Gonzalez was a ferocious punching machine from the start of the fight, hitting Niida repeatedly with monstrous left hooks to the head and body. Read the rest of this entry »



title David Haye Wants JD Chapman? What Happened To Haye’s Top Opponent?

haye456345734.jpgBy Michael Lieberman: After months of hearing David Haye spout off at the mouth downgrading heavyweights as a whole, saying that he would come in and clean up the division, that he would be taking on a good top 10 fighters, we find out that he has chosen none other than unbeaten JD Chapman (29-0, 26 KOs) as the fighter he’d like to get in the ring with for his next fight on November 18th. This is a complete joke. I have nothing against Chapman, but come on, the guy has fought absolutely no one and probably doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near the top 10 in the heavyweight division.

Thankfully, Chapman looks as if he’ll save us from watching this farce of a fight, because he reportedly pulled out of the Haye fight. However, it looks as if he’ll still probably be the one that Haye fights according to Setanta Sports, in which Golden Boy Promotions Chief executive officer Richard Schaefer still feels that they’ll be able to bring Chapman back into a bout with Haye. The thought of watching Haye fight someone with an inflated record like Chapman’s is more than a little off-putting, because Haye will no doubt be hyping him and his unbeaten record, and likely try to suggest that he’s a credible opponent. Read the rest of this entry »



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